Hamilton investment opportunities hard to find

Commercial property market underpinned by strong fundamentals

208 Rotokauri Road, Hamilton

Commercial property in Hamilton continues to attract strong investor interest, but a local real estate specialist says there simply aren’t enough properties for sale to satisfy demand.

Alan Pracy, Director of Colliers International’s Hamilton office, says the local property market is underpinned by solid fundamentals.

“Hamilton benefits from a growing population, a high level of economic activity, and relatively affordable housing,” he says.

“The city is the main service centre for Waikato’s strong rural and agribusiness sector, which sustains the wider regional economy.

“It is also a key part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ – the fastest growing area in New Zealand, which includes Auckland and Tauranga.”

Pracy says rising Auckland house prices have made Hamilton attractive to residential investors and homeowners in recent years.

“Large industrial users like Visy are also making the move to Hamilton, driven by Auckland’s low industrial vacancy rate and a shortage of developable industrial land.

“This growth is being enabled by substantial infrastructure investment, including Ports of Auckland’s Waikato Freight Hub, Tainui Group Holdings’ Ruakura Inland Port, and continuing improvements to the Waikato Expressway.”

94 Bryce Street, Hamilton

Pracy says Hamilton’s commercial property market is relatively stable, which makes it attractive to long-term investors.

“Hamilton is less volatile than other fast-growing centres – it doesn’t tend to have ups and downs.

“As a result, properties are often very tightly held. It’s not uncommon for investors to buy a property and hold onto it for decades.”

Pracy says this can create issues for would-be investors.

“There simply isn’t enough stock to satisfy demand, so good investment opportunities are few and far between.

“It’s particularly uncommon for multiple substantial properties to come to the market at the same time – which makes the five Hamilton properties featured in the latest Colliers Portfolio a rare opportunity indeed.”

Among the listings is a 12.17ha residential development block at 208 Rotokauri Road, Hamilton, which Pracy is marketing for sale by deadline private treaty.

848-850 Victoria Street, Hamilton

“This is a rare chance to acquire a large residential subdivision site in one of the country’s fastest-growing areas,” he says.

“With resource consent granted for an initial stage of 170 lots, all of the hard work has already been done – just build the road and go.”

Two tightly held CBD properties are also listed for sale in the latest Colliers Portfolio.

Pracy and colleague Mark Brunton are marketing 94 Bryce Street for sale by deadline private treaty.

The 2,593sq m freehold site comprises a sealed car park on an 11.5-year lease to publicly listed company Genesis Energy.

“This is a superb opportunity to acquire land with income in a prime CBD site,” Pracy says.

“Located by Genesis Energy’s offices, the property is close to the Hamilton Transport Centre, Kiwi Property’s Centre Place shopping mall, and major retailers including The Warehouse and Kmart.

“With net annual rent of $178,000 and built-in annual rental growth, this is a chance for long-term investors and developers to draw on useful holding income while planning to unlock the site’s future potential.”

Unit 15, 9 Lynden Court, Chartwell, Hamilton

The second CBD property is a fully leased commercial building with multiple income streams, including a government tenant.

Colliers International Hamilton brokers David Palmer and Justin Oliver are marketing 848-850 Victoria Street for sale by deadline private treaty.

Located on a 2,573sq m freehold site across three titles, the property comprises a 2,041sq m commercial building with 58 car parks and dual street access.

It returns $373,349 in annual rent from the car parks and four tenancies, including a long-term lease to Housing New Zealand.

Conservative rentals allow add-value investors to build income in the short-term, while one flexible tenancy allows owner-occupiers to move into their own building if desired.

Two listings that will appeal to smaller investors are also featured in the latest Colliers Portfolio, including a high-profile unit opposite the popular Chartwell Shopping Centre.

Oliver and Brunton are marketing Unit 15 at 9 Lynden Court, Chartwell for sale by auction.

Located at the front of the Chartwell Professional Suites, the 81.4sq m unit is right by a major bus stop and directly opposite the shopping centre, which is home to about 100 retail stores.

Tenant Paterson Burn Optometrists, which has occupied the unit for the last 13 years, is signed to a new five-year lease. The lease returns $30,118 in annual rent, with programmed rental growth.

The final Colliers Portfolio listing is a brand new, purpose-built childcare centre being built in the fast-growing residential suburb of Fitzroy.

Pracy and Oliver are marketing 239 Dixon Road for sale off the plans.

“Situated in an absolute one-of-a-kind location with a superb outlook, the property is on a 15-year initial lease to an experienced childcare operator with over 40 centres nationwide,” says Pracy.

“Due for completion in early to mid 2019, the property will return $260,000 plus GST in annual rent.

“With rights of renewal and built-in rental growth from CPI and market rental reviews, this is a superb opportunity to secure a long-term investment in a growth location.”

Four of the five properties are for sale by deadline private treaty closing at 4pm on Thursday, 31 May, unless sold prior.

The unit at 9 Lynden Court, Chartwell, is for sale by auction at 11am on the same day.

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